The LAMB’s June 2021 MOTM – My Rankings


As a frequent and steady contributor to The Large Ass Movie Blog, (The LAMB), I always try to get more people involved with the site.

Every Month, the site runs a poll based on the list of films submitted by LAMB members for the prestigious ability of being named as the Movie of the Month that will be discussed on the LAMBCAST podcast during that given month.

I decided that each month I will watch each of the films chosen and give my rankings of those films in order to decide which film I should vote for and in doing so, maybe help some of you also decide which film to vote for.

The voting is open until Sunday the 30th of May, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

This month, there were 5 Contenders suggested so here they are:

  • Ravenous (1999) [Mark Hofmeyer, Movies, Films & Flix]
  • The Tao of Steve (2000) [Chris Staron, Popcorn Auteur]
  • Lost in Translation (2003) [Heather Baxendale-Walsh, MILFcast]
  • Jennifer’s Body (2009) [Emily Slade, Why This Film Podcast]
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) [Lisa Leaheey, The Critical Movie Critics]

 

Here are my rankings along with brief thoughts on each film (click on the film title if you want to read my full review)

5. Lost in Translation – Extremely boring film about two strangers spending a few days together in Japan trying to find themselves. Murray and Johansson have a strange kind of chemistry that works only part of the time. There are lots of better films about strangers meeting and forming a bond while in a foreign land. How did this film win an Oscar and have two other nominations?

4. Jennifer’s Body – Dark comedy that didn’t work as well as I had expected it to. The overall premise about high school revenge reminded me of a mix of Heathers (1989) and teenage horror films of the 80’s and 90’s. Unfortunately, despite having a great lead cast including Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, it just doesn’t manage to stay interesting enough throughout. (5/10)

3. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Interesting premise that just doesn’t work well enough. The story tries too hard to be mysterious about the plot but it just doesn’t come across as feeling realistic. None of the characters are developed at all and in a horror film, it’s important to care about the characters so that the viewer has someone to root for who might survive the carnage. Being a low budget film, many of the shots are done from angles to make us believe things are happening and they just don’t manage to make it look realistic or genuine enough. (5/10)

2.  Ravenous – The story itself is borderline horror and borderline thriller and works much better than I would have expected given the premise. The cast is superb with Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, John Spencer (in his final film performance), Jeremy Davies, David Arquette and Jeffrey Jones all helping to keep things engaging throughout. The film has lots of mystery involved within the storyline and they ask some very powerful questions along the way. (7/10)

  1. The Tao of Steve -Really fun film that works so well due to the performance of Logue. The character is developed really well and they find ways to make the character and his methods seem much more plausible. The story moves in a typical rom-com fashion, but the fact that they still find ways to make this stick out from other films in the genre helps make it so fascinating to watch unfold. (7/10)

 

So who should I vote for? – Both Ravenous and TToS are fun films, and I would be interested in hearing either discussed, but I think TToS has a slight edge because it is more relevant to most ppl, so I think that is where my vote will go.

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

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